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Leland Saito

Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
E-mail: lsaito@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3533
Office: HSH 851DowneyWayHSH314

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Education

Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1/1992
M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1/1989
B.A. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1/1978
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 08/01/2001-  
Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego, 07/01/1999-07/01/2001  
Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, 07/01/1992-07/01/1999  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Saito’s research examines how race shapes public policy in areas such as redistricting, economic development, and historic preservation. He also examines politics and race relations in urban areas, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York City. He primarily uses qualitative methods, such as interviews, archival research, and field research.
 

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1992) Associate Professor of Sociology and ASE: Race and ethnic relations; Asian American Studies; urban politics; urban sociology; historic preservation; economic development; redistricting; qualitative research methods
 

Publications

Book

Saito, L. T. (2009). The Politics of Exclusion: The Failure of Race-Neutral Policies in Urban America. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
Saito, L. T. (1998). Race and Politics: Asian Americans, Latinos, and Whites in a Los Angeles Suburb. University of Illinois Press.
 

Book Chapter

Saito, L. T. (2006). The Political Significance of Race: Asian American and Latino Redistricting Debates in California and New York City. In Racial Transformations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States, ed. by Nicholas De Genova. Durham: Duke University Press.
Saito, L. T. (2001). L. T. Saito. (2001). "Asian Americans and Multiracial Political Coalitions: New York City's Chinatown and Redistricting, 1990-1991. In Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration, ed. by Gordon H. Chang. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
 

Journal Article

Saito, L. T., Truong, J. (2014). The L.A. Live Community Benefits Agreement: Evaluating the Agreement Results and Shifting Political Power in the City. Urban Affairs Review.
Saito, L. T. (2012). How Low-Income Residents Can Benefit from Urban Development: The LA Live Community Benefits Agreement. City & Community. Vol. 11 (2), pp. 120-150.
Saito, L. T. (2009). From "Blighted" to "Historic": Race, Economic Development, and Historic Preservation in San Diego, California. Urban Affairs Review. Vol. 45 (2), pp. 166-187.
Saito, L. T. (2008). African Americans and Historic Preservation in San Diego: The Douglas and Clermont/Coast Hotel. Journal of San Diego History. Vol. 54 (1)
Saito, L. T. (2003). "Reclamation and Preservation: The San Diego Chinese Mission, 1927 to 1996.". The Journal of San Diego History. Vol. 49 (1), pp. 1-20.
Saito, L. T. (2002). "The Sedimentation of Political Inequality: Charter Revision and Redistricting in New York City's Chinatown, 1989-1991. UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal.
Saito, L. T. (1993). Asian Americans and Latinos in San Gabriel Valley, California: Ethnic Political Cooperation and Redistricting 1990-91. Amerasia Journal. Vol. 19, pp. 55-68.
 

Honors and Awards

American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America Book Award for the Politics of Exclusion, 2012-2013   
Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities for The Politics of Exclusion, 2009-2010   
USC Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduate students, 2009-2010   
American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America Book Award for Race and Politics, 2000  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology Department, 2011-2012   
Director of Undergraduate Studies, American Studies & Ethnicity Department., 2010-2011   
 

Service to the Profession

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Advisory Committee member, Demographic Research Unit, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, 2008-2009   
National Advisory Council member, National Fair Housing Alliance, Washington, D.C., 2007-2008   
 
 
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